Mountains tumbling into head stands, suddenly converting into speeding cycles. Bridges collapsing into roaring lions, cocooned caterpillars turning into beautiful butterflies. These amazing pictures are nothing but scenes from any normal household. Watch a child and you will know. The natural postures of a child are yoga asanas. This is what the body is born with – simple yoga asanas that are part of a child’s body language from the minute he is born.
Even an infant unconsciously follows the yogamudras (hand postures maintained during meditation).If you observe a sleeping child, its thumb and the index finger slightly touch, a formation which is the ‘Chinmudra’. Have you seen a six month old baby lying on its back with its legs up? It kicks its legs and head also up, almost like what you do with the abs (abdominal) machine.
Then it goes on its back and does the ‘cobra’ posture in yoga. One is born with yoga but the modern mind is preoccupied with so many things, so many judgements, so many opinions, and so many impressions that we are unable to observe, perceive the refined things we naturally have an affinity for. If you observe an infant, you will be amazed at how balanced he breathes. Babies breathe from all the three sections of the body. As they breathe in their belly comes out, as they breathe out their belly moves in.
Are you Breathing Properly?
Balanced Breath – Feelings and Frequency of Breath
In one minute we breathe nearly sixteen to seventeen times.
If you are:
Upset it may go up to twenty
Extremely tense and angry - it could total twenty-five times per minute
Very calm and happy – ten
In meditation - two to three breaths
Deep meditation can reduce the number of breaths you take.
And that is why we need to re-learn yoga.
The Art of Living has courses conducts courses for the young and the adolescents – to go back to their natural ways. The earlier they start their journey, the easier it becomes and gets incorporated in their lifestyle.
ART Excel Program
This fun-filled, adventourous and interactive workshop is designed to teach Yoga to children between the age 8 and 13. Yoga is packaged in a way that these young minds can grasp it and apply them in their lives. To know more about The ART Excel course
The YES! Course
The time of adolescence (14- 17 years of age) is when, most learning takes place. The choices people make at this time, goes on to shape their futures. The Art of Living has designed this workshop for adolescents to learn Yoga and guide them in this crucial stage of their lives. To know more about the YES! Course